Oakville Physiotherapy: How to choose the right mattress for your back!
This mattress is too hard, this mattress is too soft, this mattress is just right! Goldilocks knew what she was talking about when she stumbled upon the three bears’ cottage. Nothing feels better than getting a good night’s sleep. We feel rested, our work improves and our whole demeanor is better. Everyday our physiotherapists in Oakville encounter patients with chronic back pain that is partially coming from the mattress and sleeping habits.
The pillow and mattress we use at night can have a huge impact on our overall sleep and health. Our physiotherapists say a poor night’s sleep can lead to poor performance at work, a generally bad mood and greater susceptibility to illness. It can also wreak havoc on our bodies, leading to pain in our back, shoulder, neck and legs. When choosing a mattress, take the time to understand your own sleep patterns and behavior. Don’t necessarily assume that a cheap mattress will provide the same kind of sleep as any other mattress.
How Do You Sleep? Our physiotherapist wants to know!
Are you a back sleeper? Side sleeper? Or perhaps a Stomach sleeper. Each of these types of sleep habits requires its own kind of mattress and pillow. A back sleeper needs a thinner pillow and extra support at the bottom to better support the neck. A side sleeper needs a firm pillow to fill the distance between the ear and shoulders. A stomach sleeper needs a flatter pillow to avoid creating kinks in the neck. Medical professionals recommend stomach sleepers also use a pillow under their stomach to prevent lower back pain. Want some advice from our medical professionals and how to sleep, click here for our physio and chiropractors perspective from our Oakville clinic.
The Right Mattress
The right mattress will guarantee a good night’s sleep. How we sleep will determine what mattress is best suited for you. Side sleepers need something that doesn’t put a lot of stress on the upper body. A soft, yet solid mattress that lets the body sink into it is the best choice to accommodate the natural curvature of the spine. Back sleepers need support on the lower back. A medium-firm mattress is the best choice which allows for both comfort and support of the lower back throughout the night. Stomach sleepers need firmness and solid support. Don’t go with a soft mattress that allows the body to sink too deeply. Instead chose something that will be firm, but comfortable for optimum sleep.
Two Canadian Mattresses our Physiotherapists recommend are:
Endy — Firm yet softer then Douglass.
Douglass — The most firm mattress our physiotherapist and chiropractor have found from a mail order resource.
If you have suffered aches and pains as a result of poor sleep, take the time to see a physioterhapist to ensure you can enjoy a restful sleep in the future. Minor adjustments to the alignment of the spine and bones can mean a good night and a good morning.